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Poster: Beforeyourtime Date: Dec 6, 2011 4:22am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: All I want for Christmas

Fond memories. I remember my first install of the first 8 GB H/Ds that came on the market. 8 GBs! the cats meow!
Built like brick S%$# House. Darn expensive. Great advance from the MB units I had. As time and technology advanced they served faithfully as backups and eventually gave em away. Now a days a 64 GB flash drive is much cheaper and stores oh so much more. Time marches on, but some times, in the case of movies and electronics not always for the better. If you hear a chirp, chirp, chirp or click, click, click, grab the most potent brew available, take both hands, take each middle finger and cross it over the index finger, transfer files ASAP. If you hear a grinding sound, the head hit the platter, do a bad sector search and repair, never trust the H/D again. If it goes unstable, do a disk check and repair,then defragment. I"ve always used PC Power and Cooling Power supplies, so far above anything else but unreal expensive. Cheap power supplies are responsible for more ills than all other things combined, well almost. The only CPUs I ever fried was back to the early times when I over clocked them. Got some great speed and performance out of what now have become real antiques, collector items, go figure!, that is before the puff of smoke came out of the box and the world went dark. There"s hope in the new solid state H/D but they have probs as well, seems only good for so many writes and re writes and they too go belly up.

So much for the hardware we"ve grown to distrust...but anyone remember acoustic modems?

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Poster: Dark Moon Date: Dec 15, 2011 3:17am
Forum: feature_films Subject: I remember...

"So much for the hardware we've grown to distrust...but anyone remember acoustic modems?"

I remember modems with acoustic couplers—rubber cups—into which you would set your telephone handset, because this was in the days before registered jacks (rj11, etc.), when telephones were wired to junction boxes. I remember the Teletype terminals they were mounted on, which printed 110 characters per minute on paper.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASR-33_Teletype
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Coupleur-accoustique-IMG_0298.JPG

I remember the IBM batch computer at my high school, which was fed instructions on punched cards, and the keypunch machine used for encoding the cards. "Mounting" a disk drive meant picking up a "disk pack" (a stack of oxide-coated platters fixed together into a unit) and physically mounting it on the spindle of a drive about half again as large as a top-loading washing machine.

In college, I remember writing my papers for school on a DEC PDP-11 mainframe, accessed through "dumb" terminals. Though video text-mode terminals with full-screen addressability were becoming more popular, half the school's terminals printed on fan-folded paper, using dot matrix or daisy-wheels. Using a version of TECO (Text Editor and COrrector) that was NOT designed for use on full screen terminals (so the user had to visualize where in the file the action would take place), I created source files containing text and imbedded formatting comands. Run this through a formatting program, and the result was a printed document with nicely justified text, centered titles, and other features. Little did I realize that what I was using was a conceptual predecessor to word processors and SGML/HTML.

I have other old-timey memories, but I guess I've bored y'all enough with this off-topic post. :)